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Essential Apps for Creative Professionals: Sales, Inspiration, and Tools

There are many apps for creative professionals, but not all of them are the same. The best ones can help you make sales and find inspiration; they can also help form and manage your work. This article will explore some of the best apps for creative professionals, including social networks that act as local marketplaces, tools you can use to create your art, and systems that will help you take payments. A creative professional’s journey is to create their art, find their customers, and make a living. 

The following will walk you through apps for each of those steps:

Create Your Art

Possibly the best-known set of tools for creative professionals is the Creative Cloud. This suite of programs lets you make almost any kind of digital art, from video to images and audio. If you are a photographer, you can use Lightroom to organize your photos, make adjustments and touch them up with Photoshop. As a musician, you can use Audition to create music. Creative Cloud also includes Premiere Pro for video editing and After Effects for complex animations or motion graphics. Creative Cloud also offers various mobile apps that let you edit and manage your files on the go.

Social media can be a great place to help you to inspire your art as well. As you surround yourself with the work of other creatives, you will be encouraged to go out and create more. For example, you can use the search feature to look for specific styles or trends on Pinterest. You can also create boards related to your art and share it with other people who like what you do.

Find Customers

One of the hardest parts of being a creative professional is finding your customers. But with the right apps, you can turn social media into a local marketplace with sites like Nextdoor and Facebook. While there’s been some concern over racism on Nextdoor, the company has recently made the platform more inclusive. This includes removing Next door racist acts and posts as soon as they appear. The local nature of Nextdoor makes it an excellent platform for artists to promote and sell their work to those that live in their communities. The company has taken serious steps to make its app-based service more inclusive and welcoming.

Facebook Marketplace has also been growing in popularity. If you have an online shop, it can be challenging to get your products into local stores. Facebook marketplace lets people buy and sell locally from their phones. Think about it like a digital swap meet.

You can also find customers through online marketplaces like Etsy and big social networks like Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. But if you need to ship anything large, it’s easier to sell your work locally.

Take Payments

Square and Wave App are two great apps for creative professionals who need to take payments, whether at their studio or when they’re on the go with a mobile device like an iPad.

Square is easy to use as it connects to either your phone or tablet. Some of the devices require physical cable connections, and others use Bluetooth. You can use it to process payments with minimal fees. This freedom in mobile credit card processing has opened the door for a whole new generation of creative professionals.

Wave is also easy to use because you only need your laptop or desktop computer to make sales. Wave does not charge anything for its bookkeeping system. It makes its money from credit card transactions and payroll service features.

If you’re a creative professional, you probably have your creative process down, but the business end of things is a whole different story, and usually more difficult. With these apps, you don’t have to worry about that anymore as they will help with the hard work for you!

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